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is bridgeport mayor bill finch. mayor, good to have you. we have you on the phone because the skype connection wouldn't have been great. >> it's good to be here. we worked so hard, but the technology doesn't always work with you. >> is the gun buyback program drawing a big response? >>s yes, we raised over $100,000 in food coupons from the local grocer and we've had over 300 guns sold back to the city, spent a little over 30,000 in -- you know, i think people are happy to do it. we're only 20 miles from the school and it hit everybody pretty hard. >> gun buyers seem to be back out there getting those guns ever since newtown, talk of new gun laws and gun sales are through the roof in virginia. dealers requested more than 5,000 background checks on purchases. this is eight days after the shooting, we should note. the largest single-day request in virginia and maryland. police projecting they'll get 82 gun permit applications this month alone. are you at all concerned that the gun buyback program isn't making a dent? >> we do believe it's making a dent. we can only handle what happens within our
. >> people across the country, we just heard from the mayor of bridgeport, connecticut, a few minutes ago, a lot of folks trying to get guns off the streets right now. two rocket launchers were part of the 2,000 guns that were part of the buyback a few days ago. is that a better method than putting more guns in tnoticein schools? >> i doubt the rocket launchers are legal right now. the best solution would be to have a police officer in each school. and we have had a program like that for many years. it's called school resource officers, they not only help protect against violence, but they teach a course or two in police work in leadership. they make friends with the kids that are there every day. >> what about the cost of that? what about the cost of that? >> that's the problem, we only had it in perhaps 10% of the schools and when the fiscal crisis hit in 2008, the legislatu legislature had to cut back from that. so it's in a small percentage of the schools. so my proposal is second best. the preference is to have the school resource officers in the schools, that would be the best solut
spending, bridgeport, hartford, new haven of $270 million. that would have put 10,000 teachers and support personnel at risk where they aren't graduating 40% of the kids already. >> one of the things, when you add pressure to austerity, it starts to come down. it's the political constituencies with the least power that get snapped. >> oftentimes the groups that have been purt most in the recession or haven't seen their income grow over the last 20, 30 years. what's important is that, i think there comes the realization that one solution of just cutting taxes, clearly to help move an economy forward, you have to think through what is going to help the economy. the idea of austerity, make people lose jobs. it's going to help the economy. in the long run, it's going to be positive for your state. governors see it more quickly and are dealing with it. i'm hoping it becomes more of the talking point across the country. when dealing with a deficit or dealing with looking at issues of raising revenue, what you are trying to do is what will help move the economy forward. when you understand the co
to shootings in bridgeport. there needs to be a comprehensive community response, not a peace meal response. that seems, also to be the way we respond to this. we pass an act or some segment of a remedy and pat ourselves on the back as though we have solved the problem. we haven't. this needs comprehensive reform. it's going to need a long term conversation throughout the country and it just our hearts are broken. seeing those little faces, again, perhaps that will be the thing that gets everybody to move. if this was an act of terrorism against the country, we would be moving on several fronts to make sure we left no stone unturned and we were doing everything we could in a comprehensive way. that's what's happened. this continues to be a problem. whether you go back to columbine, whether it's the event that is happened in portland or aurora, what happened to gabrielle giffords, what happened in wisconsin. it keeps going on. as the president indicated, it happens in our cities almost daily. >> congressman thank you for that. this is an act of terrorism by definition of all of us. we are te
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